How to use a telephone

I’m feeling a bit dumb. I had to make a work phone call to a company today, a big company, and I was feeling nervous. I’m not good on the phone. I prefer text or even video. Nevertheless I was fully prepared and sitting waiting by the telephone for a good 30 minutes before the scheduled time. The time arrived and I suddenly realised I didn’t know how to dial the number! It had been given to me with the +44 in front and of course when I tried dialling that it didn’t work. I started to panic and perhaps because of this I couldn’t think how to dial the number. One minute went by, two minutes went by …. Then I dialled the other number they gave me – an international number to a different country – and that worked so I heaved a sigh of relief. When the call was over I realised all I needed to do was drop the +44 and add 0. Is that embarrassing or what?

Will we still have telephones in the future? I remember when telephones looked like this:


I wonder whether kids today would know how to work one of those?